To be sure, this is not proof that Trump has dropped the plan.
During a White House meeting last week with lawmakers, Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon expressed concern that the infrastructure plan would allow states to walk back commitments to using U.S. steel. In response, Trump brought up his approval of Keystone XL and Dakota Access.
“When I approved them, I said, ‘Where’s the steel being made?’ And they told me a location that did not make me happy. And I wrote down that from now on steel is being made for pipelines, as you know, it’s got to be made in the United States. And it’s got to be fabricated in the United States. And so I’m a believer in that also.”
Bell, the steel association president, says the president’s impending decision on whether to slap tariffs on imported steel and aluminum could present another opportunity to resurface the plan. There was no mention of the plan in the Commerce Department’s tariff recommendations to the president released on Friday.
Bell also believes the final infrastructure plan should require projects built by public-private partnerships to use American-made products.
Stoody from the pipeline association says the industry is pleased with Trump’s efforts to streamline federal permitting under the infrastructure plan, but it will continue to watch for updates on the made-in-America requirement.
“Things are going well and [Trump’s] overall goal of improving the economy, improving opportunities for American workers has succeeded, so we certainly would hate to see a turn to something that might threaten jobs for American construction workers building pipelines,” Stoody said.